A Twin Falls Animal Shelter board member has compiled a list of 34 dogs that have reportedly gone missing in the Magic Valley area since Feb. 1, some from fenced home yards and locked areas.

Amber Halsell said she began keeping a list after noticing an unusually large number of disappearing pets — and strange circumstances. (See her list of the missing dogs and locations below story).

“It’s been going on at least since December,” said Halsell, who now does daily checks of Craigslist and social media sites where people post missing pet information. Also curious about these cases, she said, is that the dogs haven’t been found by others, alive or dead.

“The dogs have just disappeared without a trace … they’re just gone,” Halsell said.

Shelter staff hope residents will report anything suspicious that might lead to information about where the dogs are going.

It’s unknown if the increase in missing dogs is connected with the recent killing of a German shepherd. The dog’s body was found on March 12 in Devil’s Corral near Twin Falls. The dog’s head had been obliterated, apparently bashed in with a block of concrete nearby. The dog’s body was covered in a purple sheet, and some have speculated that it may have been an occult or ritualistic killing of some sort.

News of the missing dogs and possible ritualistic killing has spread fast, with national and international news outlets carrying stories Thursday, including USA Today, The New York Daily News, and The Toronto Sun.

The Humane Society of the United States has offered a $5,000 reward leading to the conviction of the person who bludgeoned the dog to death. A spokesman for the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday afternoon that no one has filed a report about the dog, so it is not currently under investigation.

“This is a very rural area. Most people, when they have a dog missing, the last people they call is the police,” Halsell said. “We’ve been doing our best to encourage people to call. I think they think that it’s trivial to the police, so they’re not going to bother them with that.”

Lisa Kauffman, a Boise-based spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the United States, said there may be several unrelated issues, including dogs abducted for dog fighting. The dogs that have gone missing in the Gooding and Wendell area seem to be primarily boxers, pit bulls, German Shepherds and Rottweiler mixes — dogs that might be used as bait in for dog fighting.

Over the weekend, Halsell said someone pried open a locked gate and took three Golden Retrievers from a Twin Falls home. The dogs were later found on the street, and strangers delivered them to the shelter. One of the dogs died over night. Halsell said the owners indicated that dog had a seizure disorder, but no necropsy was done on the dog to determine why it died.

The Twin Falls Animal Shelter posted a warning on its Facebook page Thursday: “In light of the recent missing dogs we are wanting to remind everyone to keep their dogs contained as much as possible for a loose dog is a dog in danger.”

“They’re not safe in backyards. They’re not safe in chains. And they’re not safe in dog runs,” Halsell said. She encouraged people to keep their pets inside or in a garage.

Reports of missing dogs continued Thursday morning. The owner of a pair of Collies in Twin Falls told a reporter at The Times-News that someone had dog-napped the Collies from a fenced yard.

Later in the day, she said she heard a car leaving the area at the same time the Collies re-appeared.

A spokeswoman for the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Department said she was unaware of reports of missing dogs within the county — she said they were either in the city of Twin Falls, or in neighboring Jerome County. A phone call to the Twin Falls Police Department Thursday was not returned.

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Here’s Halsell’s list of the locations, dates and breeds of dog that have gone missing since Feb. 1:

2/1/13 Choc lab puppy, Locust in Twin Falls

2/1/13 Mini schnauzer, Paul

2/2/13 Yellow lab, 3700 S, Twin Falls

2/4/13 Pitbull/boxer cross, Monroe Street near CSI in Twin Falls

2/4/13 Boxer, Heyburn

2/4/13 Min pin/Boston terrier puppy, Gooding

2/7/13 Pitbull puppy, 3900 North in Filer

2/8/13 Boxer, 3060 S, south of Wendell

2/9/13 German shepherd, Heyburn

2/12/13 German wire hair, Twin Falls

2/12/13 St. Bernard, south of Wendell

2/19/13 Schnauzer, Falls and Grandview, Twin Falls

2/26/13 Pitbull puppy, 4th and Date, Jerome

2/26/13 Dachshund, Wirsching and Grandview, Twin Falls

2/27/13 Golden Retriever, Filer

2/28/13 Maltese, Parkwood subdivision, Twin Falls

3/2/13 Pitbull, Victory Ave, Twin Falls

3/2/13 Border Collie Cross, South of Kimberly

3/2/13 Boxer, south of Wendell

3/3/13 Boxer, Hagerman

3/4/13 Jack Russel Terrier, Lacasa, Twin Falls

3/4/13 Terrier cross, Filer Ave, Twin Falls

3/8/13 Chihuahua, Gooding

3/8/13 German Shepherd, south of Twin Falls

3/10/13 Black German Shepherd, Acequia/Rupert

3/10/13 Female German Shep. AND male German Shep/Rottweiler, south of Wendell

3/10/13 Male German Shepherd, Jerome

3/13/13 Schnauzer, 6th Ave, Twin Falls

3/16/13 Lhasa apso, Jerome

3/16/13 Great Dane, Jerome

3/16/13 Pitbull cross, Jackson St, Twin Falls

3/17/13 Pitbull cross, Twin Falls

3/18/13 Pug, Twin Falls

3/18/13 Dachshund, Hansen


The Turducken — a duck stuffed inside a chicken stuffed inside a turkey — is a mythical culinary beast and the dream entree of Thanksgiving obsessives everywhere. And now, science is on its way towards making the Turducken a reality — sort of: a duck has successfully fathered a chicken at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai.

Researchers injected a chicken’s germ cells — carrying DNA to produce eggs and sperm — into the reproductive organs of a male duck embryo; once the duck matured, it began to produce the chicken’s sperm. Initially looking to genetically modify chicken to produce more fertile hens (the global poultry industry currently maintains some 50 billion chickens), these scientists are now planning to use this technique to allow hens to lay eggs of other birds, including ducks, songbirds, hawks or eagles.

The ultimate goal is to ”use this system to propagate endangered species or potentially bring back an extinct one,” according to a recent TEDx talk by Mike McGrew, a scientist at the Roslin Institute who collaborates extensively with the Dubai team. Roslin Institute researchers have also created genetically modified chickens that prevent the spread of bird flu and — most notably — Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal.


The European Space Agency’s Planck satellite has released the most detailed map of the universe ever created, refining estimates of the age of the universe and its composition, as well as showing some interesting anomalies that scientists can’t yet explain.

Launched in 2009, Planck has been gathering data on the cosmic background radiation, an extremely cold glow leftover from the Big Bang. This radiation corresponds to particles of light that were emitted just 380,000 years after the universe was born, when the first atoms were formed. At that time, the entire cosmos was filled with white-hot radiation of 2,700 degrees Celsius. Over the age of the universe, the radiation has cooled to just 2.7 degrees above absolute zero. It now comes almost uniformly from every area of the sky at once.

“Planck’s data delivers a remarkable abundance of riches,” said cosmologist Krzysztof Gorski, who works on the U.S. portion of the Planck mission, during a NASA press conference Thursday. “We are very excited about the results as Planck gives us a chance to peek into the unknown.”

Scientists can look at the light from this era to determine the basic characteristics of the universe. Planck’s data tells cosmologists that the universe is 13.8 billion years old, about 100 million years older than previously thought, and contains slightly more matter, both ordinary and dark, than previous data suggested. It was also apparently expanding slightly faster at earlier times and slightly slower at later times than previously thought.

“The detailed measurements of the basic properties of the universe are slightly changed, but the overall picture is evolutionary, not revolutionary,” wrote physicist Matt Strassler of Rutgers University in New Jersey on his blog, Of Particular Significance, adding that it will still take a while to sift through the data and uncover all its significant components.

The cosmic background radiation is extremely uniform, giving credence to a theory known as inflation, which posits that a tiny fraction of second after the Big Bang the universe suddenly expanded in size nearly 100 trillion times. But there are subtle variations, typically a 100 millionth of a degree, that correspond to quantum ripples in the very early universe just a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the universe was born.

“The contrast is turned way up in this image,” said cosmologist Charles Lawrence, project scientist of the U.S. Planck mission, during the NASA press conference.

The variations are important because they represent small clumps where slightly more matter existed in the early universe. These subatomic clumps acted like little Katamari balls, drawing other matter from around them and becoming the seeds from which larger entities, such as stars and galaxies, grew.

Though they are uniform in general, there are unexplained anomalies in the ripples. The finding is a strange variation between two halves of the universe: The photons in one half of the sky are slightly hotter than in the other half. There is also a large and unexplained cold spot. This was a result seen in Planck’s cosmic-microwave-background-mapping precursor, the WMAP spacecraft, but Planck has now confirmed that it is real and not just a statistical fluke.

“A clear cut interpretation is lacking,” said Gorski, but it could require new ideas of how physics or the universe work.

In other ways, though, the new Planck data quashes hopes for bizarre new physics. The findings provide zero evidence for cosmic strings, which might be expected under string theory, and can say almost nothing about the multiverse — that is, universes beyond our own — because inflation would hide evidence of their existence. The findings also show no indication of a hypothetical fourth class of neutrino, which would act slightly differently than the three neutrinos we know about and could help explain certain anomalous findings in experiments on Earth.

To view the maps go to the following link:


Big Foot Expert Dr. Jeff Meldrum

He moves like a human. It’s just a man in a costume hidden by the grain of aged celluloid. There is no way that this hoax proves the existence of Bigfoot.

Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin’s 1967 footage, shot in Northern California, is not only easily the most reproduced footage of Bigfoot — it’s also the most attacked. Scientist after scientist has slowed down the motion and peeled back the layers to say that the creature on the tape provides no evidence for Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or any other variation of the hairy giant that has captured public imagination for centuries and, if ancient records are to be believed, terrorized them for millenia.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum, a Bigfoot specialist from Idaho State University who has appeared everywhere from the National Geographic Channel to NPR to the Syfy channel, explained his own findings Saturday at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park during the museum’s “Creatures” exhibit.

Meldrum has trekked China, Russia and coast to coast of the United States to track down Bigfoot — and affirm the creature’s existence, which Meldrum said was long ago confirmed for him by footprint examinations, personal experiences and a distinct historical record. Native American legends feature creatures like Bigfoot as commonplace, but many famous American adventurers, including Theodore Roosevelt, also reference the beast in their journals.

“Lewis and Clark both wrote separately about a pass filled with fierce giants more akin to bears than people,” Meldrum said. “They described them as — get this — the men who wear no moccasins.”

The details contained in his footprint point to evolutionary characteristics that paint Bigfoot as something completely plausible — an unknown link in the evoltuonary chain between man and ape, according to Meldrum. He said footprints attributed to Bigfoot show an animal that does not step downward with its toes first like a human but with its entire foot in one sweeping motion.

“The weight is spread out across the entire surface, totally different from that of humans,” Meldrum said. “We’ve got a footprint replica from across the world that indicated the same species.”

And new technology is reopening even commonly dismissed evidence like Patterson and Gimlin’s famous footage, he said. By breaking down the red-green-blue color spectrum making up the more than 50-year-old video, the most crisp of the images can be sequestered and viewed on its own. Bigfoot’s fur and body have been written off as poor costume work by debunkers, but this fresh level of detail, Meldrum said, puts those naysayers to rest.

“Ask any costume designer what the hardest part is, and they’ll tell you the neck,” Meldrum said. “It is almost impossible to replicate the way that skin hangs from a human neck. Remember the Grinch? The hairs on his chin are there to block the fact that there’s no costume behind that.”

Clarified footage does repudiate claims that the hoax is the work of clever costume designers, Meldrum said. Even with the advances in costume design since 1967, it would still be almost impossible to make a suit that looks so realistic, he said. Scrupulous details — like massive neck muscles built to support the massive weight of the creature’s face that spread from Bigfoot’s back over the top of his skull — seem much too intuitive for mere hoaxers, he said. Even more convincing is the tendon now visibly protuding from the back of Bigfoot’s legs as he steps, according to Meldrum.

“That kind of detail doesn’t show up in a costume,” he said. “This is skin over muscle and skeletal mass.”

Further scientific discoveries about the process of evolution have also challenged some of the debunker’s arguments. New Scientist recently published answers to a question hypothesizing the existence of hominid creatures, a step that Meldrum said he believes is the first in a series of many toward broader accpetance in a scientific community that he said still largely ostricizes Bigfoot researchers. Modern discoveries may hold the potential to prove the existence of these half-beast, half-man creatures, he said.

“At the time (of the footage), to have such a chimera of gorilla and man was impossible,” Meldrum said. “As history has shown us, nature doesn’t always take the straight path.”


Some of you may know that Jeremy Wade’s successful TV series “River Monsters” has its season finale coming up and the Loch Ness Monster is the subject of the very last episode. It is fitting that on this 80th anniversary of the modern era of Nessie, Jeremy should select the greatest of all water monsters as his closing theme.

I don’t know where the episode production has reached, but if he did succeed in catching the Loch Ness Monster, it will be pretty difficult to keep that under wraps until it airs on May 27th. In fact, eighty years of monster hunting suggests it will be a bit of a stretch to expect Jeremy to land the ultimate River Monster. I believe I know what type of animal he will suggest as an identity for the creature but there is no point in spoiling it for the rest of you and doubtless I will review the episode after it airs.

But the topic here is catching the Loch Ness Monster and that is a real arena for speculation and the final proof that science demands.

Ever since this beast became news in 1933, various attempts have been made to capture it. The first attempts were pretty much of the angling variety as a big hook and a big piece of bait were seen as the obvious way to capture a large water beast. We read this from the Inverness Courier of the 30th May 1933, a mere four weeks after the Mackay sighting which sparked the modern Nessie era:

Loch Ness Monster – an attempt to catch the monster was made at Foyers. A sealed barrel to which was attached 60 yards of strong wire with strong hooks baited with dogfish & skate was put out on the loch. The attempt was unsuccessful …

After this, there was not much improvement in the technique, though the circus owner, Bertram Mills, was confident enough to erect a cage in anticipation of a capture carrying a £20,000 reward which was never claimed. It seemed people were content to concentrate on the gathering of more indirect evidence via film and photography.

It wasn’t until after the Dinsdale film, that forces began to gather and organise in the form of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau and various other expeditions. A few groups would claim to come armed to the teeth and take out the monster with machine guns and explosives, but others would attempt a more thoughtful approach.

However, it has to be said that talk about capturing the creature remained mainly talk rather than action. Roy Mackal had his biopsy dart which it could be argued would “capture” a piece of the monster but this idea did not take off when its host submarine, the Viperfish, never really got going. One or two smaller conical nets were employed which were 6ft high by 5ft across which barely qualified as monster traps and again nothing was captured. It has to be said though that bigger nets were planned but the Bureau was disbanded in 1972 before any such project got off the ground.

But the Big Kahuna of monster traps was finally employed in 1984. It was the brainchild of the Vladivar Vodka company who saw this as a nice bit of publicity with the Loch Ness Project involved in the deployment of a 60ft by 20ft tube made of fibreglass and plastic. It was lowered into 30 metres of water for a month off the Horseshoe Scree with a suitable amount of fish bait inside.

As you may have guessed, nothing was captured again and it is a matter of debate whether it could have held a 30ft-40ft monster thrashing about inside it. Nevertheless, a trashed cage being lifted out of the loch would have generated no small amount of excitement itself. (You can read more about the Vladivar net and the LNIB attempts at this link).

So the short history of Nessie traps comes to an end. In total, it seems a meagre harvest of attempts to acquire the ultimate proof that scientists demand. In fact, it seems that future attempts would be strangled by red tape and conservation concerns. Fears of harming the local wildlife, introducing foreign species and obstructing the loch as part of the Caledonian canal waterway all but guarantee that there is little prospect of employing these techniques. It also seems that dredging the loch bottom for Nessie carcasses is a non-starter as the sediment at the bottom is regarded as a valuable store of natural history via core samples.

So it seems we have a paradox here. Scientists want a live or dead specimen to confirm the creature’s existence but scientists don’t want to do that in case of environmental damage! Now you know how to reply when they again demand proof.

So where does that leave us? Must we wait for a carcass to drift ashore by natural means? The truth of the matter is that there has never been a serious attempt to capture the Loch Ness Monster. The critics think it is a waste of time and money, the tourist board don’t want their prize asset removed from the loch and the environmentalists don’t want a blade of grass touched.

Ecological studies of the pelagic area of the loch (in the open water just below the surface) suggest it is not a place for monsters to waste their energy swimming about. In that light, the Vladivar net was probably in the wrong place, though if it was still there 30 years on, one would have an expectation of some Nessie “event” by now. The other consideration is that at 30m down, the total loch volume to that depth is just over 1.5 billion cubic metres. The net occupied about 560 cubic metres and so there was a 1 in 2.7 million chance that the Loch Ness Monster would hit this net first time. The odds go down if a herd of such creatures are constantly swimming around the loch down to 30m for a month.

One creature a metre wide travelling continuously at 5km per hour for 5 hours a day over 30 days will cover a volume trail of about 0.6 million cubic metres. Ten will cover 6 million cubic metres and we assume no overlapping of previous trails. This is 1/240th of the loch volume in question so we give Vladivar a 1 in 250 chance of succeeding which suggests the net had to stay in place for 20 years. In reality, it would be much higher because the creatures do not swim continuously in open water but rather stick to the sides and bottom of the loch.

So how do you catch the Loch Ness Monster without breaking health and safety regulations? I would suggest placing a long net along the bottom of the loch about two metres high. At this depth there is minimal chance of a seal being netted and the net should be big enough to allow fish through. When something is snared in the net which exerts a suitable amount of force equivalent to a one or two tonne creature then a mechanism should automatically raise the net to a predetermined spot (the Vladivar net had a similar principle). Cameras trained along the length of the net can transmit back video pictures, though visibility would be limited due to peat suspension and silt clouds being thrown up as the creature struggled.

There would be obvious technical issues. You can’t just raise a net to the surface without endangering boats and wildlife further up the water column. The net would need to be of a suitable design for that depth and time spent under the water (years). A group of trained personnel would need to be on standby for an event which may never come yet must act as if it could happen tomorrow. And then there is the final issue of making sure the creature itself is not brought to serious harm.

As you can see, there is some serious planning but though one may get this past the authorities (and I would never assume that is a given) the ultimate obstacle is money. The big net of 1984 was funded by a large private company and the search for Nessie has always relied on private individuals and companies donating funds to research. It is unlikely that such funds would ever be forthcoming unless there is a shift in perception about the reality of the Loch Ness Monster. There was that perception in 1984 but not in 2013 thanks to the armies of sceptics that flock around the subject.

We can but live in hope.


In typical hypocritical form, Mark Kelly, a gun control advocate is caught purchasing one of the types of guns that he wishes to have outlawed. He thinks it is ok for him to own such a gun, but he wants to restrict or completely cut out everyone else’s opportunity to buy said gun.

Mark Kelly walked into a gun store a few weeks ago and bought two weapons, one a Sig Sauer 45 pistol and the other a, er, Sig Sauer assault rifle, news of which was subsequently leaked to Breitbart.

CNN invited him on to ask him about it and Kelly accepted. Why’s he buying guns that he thinks should be banned? Simple, said Kelly to Wolf Blitzer. As a prominent spokesman for gun control, he needs to know firsthand just how easy it is for someone to walk in off the street and purchase an incredibly dangerous weapon.

Why he needs this firsthand knowledge, I have no idea. No one on either side is disputing that it’s easy to buy an AR-15 if you have no criminal record; there’s a new story on the wires every day about how they’re selling like hot cakes coast to coast.

The whole point of the gun debate is that gun-rights advocates think it should be easy to get one. (Also, if he thinks there’s been a significant gap in his gun knowledge until now due to his lack of personal experience, why has he been out there trying to set national policy?) But okay — let’s give him the benefit of the doubt by assuming that he was just curious to see how simple it was.

If you want to prove that a nut whose record is clean can get a dangerous weapon quickly, just walk in and ask the seller what he can give you from Dianne Feinstein’s list that’ll put an assault rifle in your hands ASAP.

Subjecting himself to a 20-day waiting period ends up proving the opposite, that the dealer in this case is scrupulous about observing local gun laws and that it’s difficult to grab an AR-15 as an impulse buy if you’re purchasing it second-hand. It’s more plausible that he sincerely wanted the gun and was hoping to get a price break on it by buying it used than that he was trying to “prove” something.

But then, you don’t need to reach the circumstances of the AR-15 purchase to find the “lesson” here odd. Watch the clip below and you’ll see Kelly say that he plans to keep the Sig Sauer pistol he bought. If he’s serious about reducing gun violence, though, why give semiautomatic pistols a pass?

The lunatic who shot his wife didn’t use an assault rifle, he used a Glock 9 mm with a high-capacity magazine. And if he hadn’t accidentally dropped a second magazine while he was trying to reload, he would have been able to keep firing despite there being a crowd of people around him.

Needless to say, Kelly has every right to protect himself and his wife, especially after what happened, but the logic by which a rapid-fire, potentially high-capacity weapon becomes more acceptable if it’s smaller, easier to carry, and more readily concealable escapes me. It’s like supporting vegetarianism by declaring buffalo and shark strictly off-limits but making an exception for chicken and beef. If you want to make a point about gun control, why not reject all semiautomatics and stick to revolvers?


You get exactly what you deserve and vote for. In this case, the liberal loons are now looking at curbing gun and ammo purchases by imposing “sin” taxes on such purchases. And you wondered why the price of ammunitions were increasing and becoming more difficult to find and purchase.

And so, of course, you knew this was coming: The latest item/behavior that progressives perceive as a societal vice? Firearms, obviously. Fox News reports that, as a part of the recent wave of gun-control proposals, legislators at both the federal and state level have been floating ideas for sin taxes on guns and ammunition, claiming that the added revenue will be directed toward mental health services, police training, and/or victims’ treatment.

At the federal level, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., proposed a bill that would impose a 10 percent tax on “any concealable” firearm. The revenue would be used to help fund a national gun buyback program. The bill is still in committee.

At the state level in California, Democratic state Rep. Roger Dickinson last month introduced a bill to impose a 5-cent tax on every bullet. …

Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky is pushing a 25 percent sales tax on ammunition and firearms. Maryland state Rep. Jon Cardin has introduced a bill imposing a 50 percent tax on ammo, and an annual $25 gun registration fee.

And according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Assembly Majority Leader William Horne is pushing a draft bill that would include a $25 per gun sales tax, in addition to a 2-cent tax for every round of ammunition.


Have you ever stopped to wonder why the so-called unemployment rate decreases when there obviously are fewer americans working? Well, for all you math illiterate folk out there, if you continue lowering the denominator in your percentage calculation, you will eventually see your percentage of unemployment go down.

Upon further investigating this number we find out that more Americans are not in the labor force as compared to any time in our past. So, I ask you this: Is our real unemployment figure under 8% or not?

The number of Americans designated as “not in the labor force” in February was 89,304,000, a record high, up from 89,008,000 in January, according to the Department of Labor. This means that the number of Americans not in the labor force increased 296,000 between January and February.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) labels people who are unemployed and no longer looking for work as “not in the labor force,” including people who have retired on schedule, taken early retirement, or simply given up looking for work.

The increase marks the second month in a row, after rising in January from 88.8 million in December. Those not in the labor force had declined in December from 88.9 million in November.

The nation’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent in February, down from 7.9 percent in January. Overall unemployment “has shown little movement, on net, since September 2012,” the Labor Department said.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 236,000 in February, according to the report.


Folks, watch closely as our once great country is being taken over by those who wish to re-distribute wealth to “the so-called needy”. Approximately 20% of all Oregonians are now receiving food stamp assistance.

In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.

It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.

This week Oregon officials bragged that the USDA has given the state $5 million in “performance bonuses” for ensuring that people eligible for food benefits receive them and for its “swift processing of applications.” The money comes on the heels of a separate $1.5 million award from the feds for making “accurate payments of food stamp benefits to clients.” So welfare recipients are clients? .

It marks the fifth consecutive year that Oregon has been “recognized” by the federal government for “exceptional administration” of the entitlement program, according to the announcement posted on the state’s Department of Human Services web site. The state official who runs SNAP assures that her staff will “continue working very hard to exceed expectations” so that Oregonians can “put healthy foods on their table quickly.”

Could this be why the number of food-stamp beneficiaries in Oregon has increased dramatically in the last few years? Since 2008 the state has seen a 60% boost in the number of food-stamp recipients, which means that more than 780,000 people (one out of five Oregonians) get groceries compliments of Uncle Sam.


New Jersey mom Eileen Hart was arrested and her guns confiscated after she spoke out at a public meeting on property appraisals.

New Jersey mother Eileen Hart was arrested and her guns confiscated after she attended a community meeting on property appraisals and spoke about her Constitutional rights.

The Examiner reported: Eileen Hart and her husband, Keith, are property owners in Newfield, New Jersey.

On Saturday, March 9 there was an informal meeting at the Gloucester Community Center, to discuss the findings on “revaluations” by Appraisal Systems, Inc.- a company which has been contracted by the state of New Jersey- to assess the fair market property values for each county or borough- for the tax assessor’s offices.

There has been much derision caused by these “revaluations” by homeowners, because property values have fallen dramatically- and the real estate market has been hit very hard . There is nothing “fair” about the market or the home values that have been assessed, according to many New Jersey families.

Ms. Hart attended the meeting, armed with- as she said “her Constitution and the facts.”

Said Hart “I tried to express my opinion and tell them that my Constitutional rights had been violated. I began quoting the Constitution, line by line…

…When the Harts left the gathering, they were followed into the parking lot of the community center, and the same young man who had been so upset by Ms. Hart’s comments in the community center, started screaming and shouting at her, took down the license plate number of her vehicle and said – “See if you are able to pay your property taxes NOW!”

Eileen didn’t understand what that shouted threat meant, until she returned to her home with her family.

When they arrived, there were 5 police cars from the Franklinville Police Department. They advised her that the Clayton Police wanted to talk to her about the allegations.

States Hart “For the record, both the police officers DID acknowledge that it was “an allegation.”

Her purse was taken from her and she was put into a “paddy wagon,” transported to the police station-

Her young daughter witnessed the events and was traumatized to see her mother being treated like a common criminal.

She was arrested and booked for “terroristic threats” and “contempt.”

At the police station, she was handcuffed to a chair.


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